Early Bird Chat

On This Day: St Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2008



94 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 99ts
    October 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good morning TOD

  2. 8 Don
    October 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning TOD, congrats 99ts!

  3. 10 Don
    October 18, 2015 at 9:08 am

    For a moment I thought that was a Bernie Sanders crowd.

  4. October 18, 2015 at 9:14 am

    WOW, in Missouri, even.

    Good morning, Chips and TODville.

  5. October 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

  6. October 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Secretary John Kerry marches on:

  7. 39 amk for obama
    October 18, 2015 at 9:20 am


  8. 44 amk for obama
    October 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    The Doggers Family.

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  9. 46 amk for obama
    October 18, 2015 at 9:35 am


  10. October 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    • October 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

      • 50 globalcitizenlinda
        October 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

        the approach taken to make the demands in this article is not different from the one major garrett used earlier to PBO’s face:

        it is one that says, hey look at me, I am more concerned about the fate of the journalist than PBO because I am shouting loudest

        • 51 idon
          October 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

          I just don’t get this. The Washington Post sent him to iran as one of their employees. I don’t understand why PBO is now responsble for getting him back. Doesn’t the Post provide legal services for their journalists?

    • 52 99ts
      October 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

      They NEVER stop – last time they screamed for him to bring Bergdahl home – and when he did – they screamed – he shouldn’t have brought Bergdahl home. And I feel so sorry for that young man getting so messed up in a gop military war and then a GOP racist hatefest.

      • October 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

        The first instinct of an American “journalist” is to be contrarian rather than report the truth. That’s their business model.

    • 54 globalcitizenlinda
      October 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

      jailing journalists based on false charges is totally wrong;

      jailing any innocent person based on false charges is totally wrong;

      but there is a pattern that is hard to miss: journalists may remain silent when the person in jail has no clout but almost ALL journalists will be vocal when it is one of them.

      remember how the journalist demanded that PBO change the US long-standing way to deal with kidnappers? it was after fellow journalist were kidnapped not before ….. when ordinary people and aid workers were kidnapped;

      I doubt that PBO and his team are just “passive” or “indifferent” about this particular journalist’s wrongful imprisonment. there is no way they could be.

      may the media expects PBO to publicly rail against Iran every single moment because of this journalist’s fate. that is not how diplomacy operates

    • October 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

      EJ and Dana need to shut their stupid mouth. Do the President have to be out there everyday talking about this journalists, letting EJ and Dana know what they are trying to do to get them free? I guess he does in order to please these two idiots EJ and Dana.

  11. October 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Good morning, TOD! I’m back from my conference.

  12. 59 GGail
    October 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Happy Sunday!

  13. 60 yardarm756
    October 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Good morning TODville.

  14. 67 desertflower
    October 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Screwed up.

  15. October 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

    This is about Ramzī bin ash-Shībah and Ammār Al Balūshī

  16. October 18, 2015 at 10:54 am

    If you’re a fan of Homeland, you’ll enjoy this:

  17. 73 desertflower
    October 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Important MUST READ


    All the serious people in Washington know we have a debt problem. “Rapidly Growing Debt Threatens America’s Economic Future” blared a typical press release from Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi. “It is clear from [Congressional Budget Office] analysis that rapidly growing public sector debt threatens America’s economic future,” he said.

    There’s just one problem. The numbers relied upon by Enzi and far too many others inside the Beltway, including the Congressional Budget Office itself, are completely bogus. The methodology used by the CBO to create these projections exaggerates the federal government’s long-term debt projection by as much as 440 percent, creating a phony fiscal crisis where none exists.

    In reality, data provided to The Nation by Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, shows that starting in 2032 the federal government’s debt held by the public is on track to rapidly decline as a share of GDP, bottoming out at 40 percent. This is in stark contrast to the CBO’s sharply rising debt-to-GDP ratio, which peaks at 176 percent in 2090.

    • October 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

      a little while ago, republicans forced out the guy who had been leading the c.b.o. for years (elmendorf or something like that, who was appointed by republicans originally), and i remember leaving a comment here that now we cannot trust anything coming out the c.b.o. for a while since they were clearly going to appoint a republican propagandist to the position. it’s the republican plan everywhere now. this is probably the beginning of the propaganda that will be coming from the c.b.o. until this new leader of the c.b.o. is kicked out and sanity is restored.

    • 76 Don
      October 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

      If only the CBO were nonpartisan, I think in the last midterms the Republicans vowed to take over the CBO. Now their methodology is all partisan driven.

  18. October 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

  19. October 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

    yes, bernie clearly has some blind spots in regards to president obama and race relations and personality quirks, but i do feel some of the narratives that have been floating around him have been unfair:
    “The problem with this narrative is that it is completely false. Not only has Sanders gotten a lot more things done than Clinton did in her own short legislative career, he’s actually one of the most effective members of Congress, passing bills, both big and small, that have reshaped American policy on key issues like poverty, the environment and health care.”

    i remember some moments when bernie enthusiastically helped president obama get some bills passed. he played a key role in getting the affordable care act passed. i’m not sure he’ll be able to win a national election, but i know for sure hillary cannot, so unless joe gets in or o’malley catches fire, i personally would vote for bernie over hillary in the primary if those are the only choices. her voting record is the usual clinton republican-lite nonsense that nearly destroyed the democratic party until president obama came along to revive it. we can’t go back to that.

    • 79 Don
      October 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

      “yes, bernie clearly has some blind spots in regards to president obama and race relations and personality quirks, but i do feel some of the narratives that have been floating around him have been unfair:”

      President Obama and race relations, and that right there is why Bernie Sander’s crowds are 99.9999999% white. Personality quirks don’t concern me at all, but when Sanders speaks as though he knows what is best for black people then we have a problem. Sanders has repeatedly voted not to close Gitmo, socialist my ass. Sanders walks around preaching revolution but does not speak about how to achieve revolution. Sanders does not get into the weeds on policy, I can’t name a single policy that Bernie has ever explained in-depth while on the campaign trail. Sanders walks around saying elect me and we’re going to do do do, without explaining just how are we going to do do do.

      • 80 Don
        October 18, 2015 at 11:41 am


        I have to make this disclaimers because some people here think that every time I voice my displeasure at Hillary or Sanders it must mean I’m not going to vote for them should they become the Democratic nominee. I can assure you that if Hillary or Sanders is the nominee I will vote for them enthusiastically. Because in my eyes our worst Democrat is better than the best Republican.

  20. 81 JER
    October 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  21. 82 MightyPamela
    October 18, 2015 at 11:08 am

  22. 83 JER
    October 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

    • 84 globalcitizenlinda
      October 18, 2015 at 11:50 am


      a family destroyed by guns – One dead child, whose life is taken by another child;

      this madness must stop

  23. 85 amk for obama
    October 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

  24. 86 amk for obama
    October 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    the fucker is asking the questions the fucking msm should have been asking from day one.

  25. October 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

  26. October 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Dermer is such a jerk ………..

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      October 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      PBO warned netanyahu about the consequences of leaving a people without any kind of hope for the future but mister tough guy didn’t listen. in fact he publicly ridiculed the goal of a two-state solution.

      I don’t know how long the people will remain in this “tinder box” what with the extremists amongst them always ready to ignite the fuse at the first opportunity;

      It is tough for even outside observers to “Keep Hope Alive”

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